Tom Suozzi, congressman for New York’s Third Congressional District, was sworn into office as a member of the 115th Congress. The congressman was joined by hundreds of constituents and supporters who came to witness the ceremony and attend Suozzi’s reception.
Two days earlier, on Jan. 1, more than 300 constituents, family, supporters and elected officials attended a ceremonial Passing of the Baton with former Congressman Steve Israel in Glen Cove, when a standing room–only crowd joined Suozzi and former Congressman Israel for an event at Glen Cove City Hall.
The congressmen were joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, local clergy representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths and community leaders from Queens and across Long Island, as well as supporters, friends and family to watch Israel congratulate Suozzi on his victory and wish him well as Suozzi assumes Israel’s former Congressional seat.
Hundreds of supporters made the trip to the swearing-in ceremony in Washington, DC, for a reception to celebrate the start of the new Congress.
“It’s a great honor to be entrusted as your voice in the nation’s capital,” Suozzi told the crowd. “I look forward to working with all of you and my colleagues in Washington, from both sides of the aisle, to get things done for the families of Long Island and Queens.”
The Third Congressional District covers northern portions of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Suozzi was elected on Nov. 8.
Suozzi announced his district office will be located at Sunny Pond Farm in Huntington, which is located on the property of former Congressman Silas Wood, who represented Long Island in the early-19th century. Two historic homes on the property, dating back to the American Revolution, were preserved and converted into office space.
“I wanted to locate the office on the Suffolk-Nassau border, so it would be accessible, but I also wanted to locate the office on a property that paid tribute to our nation’s history,” Suozzi said. “We’ll also locate another satellite office in Queens.”
Suozzi served as Glen Cove mayor from 1994–2001 and as Nassau County executive from 2002–09. He is a CPA and an attorney, and is of counsel at Harris Beach law firm. He lives in Glen Cove with his wife and three children.